Ok let me get real with you guys for a second. My best friend and I decided that on New Years Day we will be on a Social Media Fast for a WHOLE MONTH. A month!?? That’s correct. I’m right now giving up Instagram and Facebook. I have multiple reasons which I will explain at the bottom:
- I was distracted and my phone would constantly be in my hand 25/8.
- Comparison and wishing.
- Was more focused on the lives of others besides my own.
- It’s “reality” but not real.
- Steering me away from God.
- Kept me distant from the important things.
- School was about to start and I need to get me head together.
- I knew it was bad If I woke up in the middle of the night 4x’s to check my notification
- It became a PRIORITY.
Geez isn’t that sad!? Ridiculous what something so small can impact my life. Let’s start with the phone.. OMG man it was bad.. I would be with my boyfriend in the movies. I would dim the light and hide it under my jacket and check it. I will be at a restaurant with a friend and check it constantly. Before I go to bed I will check it. In CLASS I would check.. OK, ok you get the point.. It was ridiculous.
Comparison and wishing. hmmhmm we’ve all done that. You look at someone else’s life ehemm (celebrity) and you wishhhh you had that car, the bag, their hair, their body! I am really into health right now and getting my body on track. I told myself, “LEt me follow a lot of fitness blogs to get some inspiration.! nopeeeeeee it turned into decreasing my esteem 50%. Now im not saying that happens to everyone.. But it happens to me lol.
Focusing on the lives of others is not a good thing if you are putting them before you. Especially when they don’t even give a dang about you. I would always be online seeing what’s going on with other people’s lives.. ex: “Hmm I wonder if she broke up with that guy yet.” or “I hope he know that girlfriend of his is messing with another guy.” Stupid ish that is really irrelevant.
What you see on Instagram, twitter, or facebook is what they want you to see. We really don’t know what they are really going through. We don’t know how they got to where they are. We want the cake and the ice-cream. A lot of people worked hard to get what they have or to get to where they are. We never see that. Sometimes we have that gimme gimme gimme mindset but all we do is sit on our butts. Or we will try to the quick stuff that is temporary. Now on the other hand some people might have done dirty things to get to where we are. Will we ever know? Probably not. That’s why it’s never good to be JEALOUS of what they have. #1 All of that stuff is temporary and it will all disappear after we die. Sorry. Not really. Hell just because a lot of them have material things doesn’t mean they aren’t happy. Appreciate the things around you. Your time will shine. Positively I hope. Lol
Steering me away from God! MAnnnnnnnnnn let me tell you. I would avoid reading my Bible. Better yet I would have the Bible in my hand trying to read but in the back of my mind Im wanting to check my phone to see if I have a notification. I would be journaling and trying to talk to God but I see that my phone lit up and I would stop what I’m doing and read it. Gosh it was terrible and one thing about GOd is that nothing comes before him. And social media was doing that. I didn’t realize it. I promise I didn’t. It took this fast to realize that more and more I’m growing closer to him. IN 15 days mayne! I love him dearly!
School school school! I’m a Junior in college and honestly I can get distracted. We’re human right!? Nobody is perfect lol. I need to get my head in the game. the books I read and test I take will take me far. Not the nonsense on the internet that is just so addicting! Also my problem of literally waking up in the middle of the night to check my media was bad. I drink a lot of water so I at least go to the bathroom 3-4x’s a night! TMI? Uhhh no. I always take my phone with me and stay on the toilet for at least 10min after I finish my business. TERRIBLE MAN. What has happened to me. smhhhhhhhhh.
Point of this is. I’m glad this fast is helping me to realize how much social media has taken a toll on me. It’s like my eyes have been removed by the blinds that were covering it. I can think clearly. Focus a lot better. have more meaningful conversation. etc! Now just know that I am not bashing social media! This is just all of my personal experience. IT’s great to communicate with friends that you don’t see all the time online. but don’t like the cyber world become your reality!
I want everyone to do this challenge. Try to give up all your social media for just 1 month. If you can’t do that, try it out for a week. and see what kind of difference it really makes! You will be surprised!! I pray that you all have a blessed day!